Corte San Leonardo

Corte San Leonardo

"Travelling makes one modest. It shows us how small is the place we occupy in the world."

Gustave Flaubert

Corte San Leonardo is a typical house in the Sassi of Matera, recognised in 1993 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and in 2019 as European Capital of Culture. The house is located in the upper area of the Sasso Caveoso, and has been renovated respecting the architectural details that make these houses unique in the world. The rooms, dug into the tuff and rock, make this house a welcoming, characteristic place of undeniable historical value. Thanks to the strategic position, the windows in every room and the exposure to the sun, the rooms of Corte San Leonardo are healthy and totally dry. A guarantee of comfort and quality. 

To add personality to the rooms, the owner Barbara has chosen natural tones for the Arte Pura linen bedspreads, with simple lacework reminiscent of tradition and with embossing that enhances the perfect imperfection of the calcarenite rock. The rooms, which are all different, are equipped with doors and windows and are therefore healthy and dry.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this leads us to be very careful in the choice of raw materials, as well as the care of service and mise en place. If you have any intolerances or special needs, please let us know during the booking process and we will do our best to satisfy you.

Matera deserves to be visited through the words of qualified guides who will accompany you through the hermitages of the city’s sacred places, ancient districts, rock churches, not forgetting the Murgia Natural Park, a mystical place between history and nature.

Patio, kitchen and terrace are the common areas where you can spend your time in total relaxation, reading a book, enjoying an aperitif or simply “listening to the eye”. From the terrace you will be able to observe an extraordinary panorama of millenary history, starting from the Murgia plateau, with rock churches scattered along the slopes of the ravines, continuing towards the city of stone with its typical dwellings dug out of the ravine (inhabited since the Palaeolithic period), and ending with the Civita cliff, where the Romanesque cathedral is clearly visible.


“Looking up I finally saw the whole of Matera appear, like an oblique wall. It is truly a beautiful, picturesque and impressive town.”
Carlo Levi in “Christ stopped at Eboli”.

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